Spring Meetings | Learning for All: The Role of Citizens in Accountability for Education

April 19, 2018

Thursday, April 19, 2018 | 02:00PM-03:30PM | I2-210 | 1850 I Street NW, Washington DC


Chair: Asmeen Khan

Practice Manager, Strategy and Operations, Governance Global Practice, World Bank


Dondon Parafina

Executive Director, Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and Pacific, Philippines


Luis Benveniste

Director, Education Global Practice, World Bank


Sarah Beardmore

Senior Strategy and Policy Specialist, Global Partnership for Education



The World Development Report 2018—LEARNING to Realize Education’s Promise—is the first ever devoted entirely to education. As countries have committed to ensuring inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning (SDG 4), the report warns that there is a “learning crisis”. It identifies three policy actions to accelerate learning for all. First, assess learning to make it a serious goal. Second, act on evidence to make schools work for learners. Third, align actors, to make the system work for learning.


Citizen-driven data, community engagement and accountability, and multi-stakeholder coalitions can support the implementation of these actions. The 2017/18 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Second Report analyzes how accountability processes can contribute towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goal on education. The report, as the WDR 2018, underscores that everyone has a role in improving education – “civil society support can be crucial”.

In this context, the session will seek to answer questions such as “How can collaborative social accountability contribute to addressing the learning crisis? What role can partnerships between civil society, governments, international actors and private sector play in practice to accelerate learning for all? The session will build upon the GPSA Roundtable held on March 6, 2018 and seek to unpack the practical aspects of implementing citizen engagement and social accountability to advance learning.


More info: 2018 Spring Meetings website and Civil Society Policy Forum